(Closed) What was the weirdest thing you saw while searching for houses?

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Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow! There’s some crazy stories in here! I think the weirdest one was one where we saw every room except for the master bedroom. Once we got to the master bedroom, the was an oooold playboy magazine that looked like it was from the 70’s next to the bed with a gun also right beside it. We said something like “what the hell?”, then turned around to leave, and that’s when the owner of the house popped up from nowhere and insisted on giving us a full tour of his house including maaaany stories about living there. At one point we tried to leave and he wouldn’t let us. I thought he would lock us in there forever. It was creepy.

Post # 32
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, where do you guys all live!?  We looked for about 6 months, about 3-5 houses every weekend and never even so much as saw a dirty house!

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We went to a house that claimed to have 2 1/2 baths.  Turns out the half bath was a toilet in a corner with a curtain sort of going around it.  The laundry sink was nearby, so the real estate agent said that it counted as long as there was a toilet and a sink. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We looked for about five years for our dream house, we have a big list of boxes to tick so supre fussy. We saw about 10 houses with one agent over a period of months and he liked to ppint out the high lights as we were going round he said to me “look this master ensuite has a bath and shower that’s so rare in an ensuite” fine comment except when he’d said in four houses so I replied “yes very rare we’ve seen that in each house so far haven’t we?”! He also said some interior doors were solid wood when they were hollow and plastic! Once went to a house on Saturday with an agent, no adults at home but there were teenagers asleep on the floor in everyroom!! And I’m a teacher and was shown a house were pupils of mine lived! It was awkward when parents wanted to talk about them like a parents evening!!

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We saw three weird houses.

One looked like there was a family who literally just ran out the door so we could come in. There were toys and clothes everywhere, crushed cookie crumbs all over the carpet and this bird that talked the whole time we were there. We did not buy it.

We arrived at a house for a viewing at 3:10. Our realtor rang the doorbell and a really big dog started barking. This mega-angry lady came to the door and asked what the hell we wanted. Our realtor said we were here to view the house. She started raging on us that she had been out since noon because people were viewing between noon and 3:30 and she was supposed to still be away but we were too close to 3:30 and had fuc*ed up her entire day. Then she slammed the door on us. So we never saw inside.

The third house was the strangest by far. The main floor had all scuffed and damaged walls and there was a little girl holding a dog just watching us, she didn’t speak. The stove was missing all its knobs. Upstairs we looked in bedrooms and when we got to the master at the end of the hall there were four desks with people working at them. They just smiled at us and kept working on their computers. Then we went to the basement. There was a tent set up and a boy inside with a tv on and a light hanging from the top of the tent. He wouldn’t talk to us either.

We didn’t buy that house. Even our realtor was creeped out.

We did find an awesome house and have been in it for a year. 

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Post # 36
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

When my exhusband and I were house hunting we went to a house where they had two little boys. One had climbed up in the attic and fell through the ceiling into the master bedroom. The home owner was patching the hole in the ceiling as we toured. He apologized profusely and assured us the hole would be fixed. We bought the house and loved it!

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh gosh. We saw a foreclosure where there was poop on the front windowsill. Our realtor told us to NOT TOUCH ANYTHING and felt so bad for taking us there lol.

Also went to a house, walked in, and immesiately smelled something completely disgusting. The family was actually there and the mom was giving us a sob story. So awkward. There was a pool in the backyard and we asked if it worked and she replied “well it holds water” uhhhhm okay, that’s good? There was underwear everything and clutter everywhere ew.

the best one was this house we saw that didn’t look like it had been cleaned in years. The guy obviously smoked inside because you could see it all over the ceilings and the walls. There were beer cans everywhere. We then (after saying no way to the house) found out that the guy had just passed away IN THE HOME. Nope, no thank you.

Then we upped our budget lol.

Post # 38
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Busy bee

We looked for three and a half years before finding the home we live in now. We saw some strange stuff too, the one house was in a very nice aria and belonged to a family estate of a diseased lady. The house was originally used as her husband’s consolation office, he was a doctor. After he passed away their son moved in and used it to live in. The first time we went to look at the property we couldn’t go in, the man had actually pulled a gun and wouldn’t have us on the property. Turns out this man had some sort of mental illness and was waiting on the Lord to tell him when we are allowed in the house, this day he had an episode and told us that he hasn’t had ‘word’ yet. So we left, a bit freaked out. Then the estate agent called us and said he has moved out if we would like to see the property. We decided to go as it was a brilliant investment and would have been nice to fix up. When we got there, there was no electricity on the property, the house had couches stacked one on top of the other in about 3 rooms, just random old dirty couches. The room in the middle of the house was used to brew beer in and smoke meat in! Not one room had any flooring and less than half the house had a ceiling! Needless to say we didn’t buy that house, LOL!

We have recently decided to start looking for a piece of land, and so the journey begins again…

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The house we ended up buying was a gross mess and we used it to our advantage. It was in a gorgeous area, huge double lot, huge house, but had teens living in it, being supported by the father. They left a frozen turkey in an unplugged chest freezer so the whole house smelled of rotting meat, which deterred potential buyers. The weirdest thing though… 2 CAT PAWS, including the WHOLE LEG, were hanging from the ceiling. I’m an animal lover so I was mortified and disgusted as you could actually see where they cut them off, bones showing, but we left them up and didn’t say anything so buyers would be scared off. And it actually worked. I then wrote to the father and told him about the situation after we.got the house lol.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Delta18:  That sounds like some shit from SVU. I hope those kids are okay!

Post # 41
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

jillbean1217:  I hope they are ok too. It was so weird. 

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This was during a search for an apartment to rent in London…

It was over two levels, with kitchen, living room and one bedroom downstairs, all fine, fairly non-description. The master bedroom was upstairs, in a loft conversion. As we went up the stairs, it looked super promising- bright, airy, lots of space.

But then, in the corner, was an en suite. But not walled off. There was a 3ft high wall defining the bathroom area from the Reston the bedroom. So, a person could be sitting on the toilet making full eye contact with a person lying in the bed!

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

OMG, these stories are awsome!

I haven’t been house hunting for a long time (bought my condo in 2009), and we probably won’t go looking for a new home (DH had a twinhome that I moved into) for another year or so… but, I remember checking out this condo that actually was pretty nice.and supposedly had an attached garage  – which was what I was loking for. Um, the door from the garage into the condo was built directly into the master bedroom. It was cos the garages are attached to the building, but you still had to go around to the front of the condo to get into your own place. Or, enter from your patio window if you were ground floor. No thanks! So, this one was right next to where they lived but it could only be connected by building a door into the master.

It was always interesting to see how much stuff people crammed into homes, especially when you could tell that someone older lived in it.

Post # 44
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Honey bee

Not me personally but I know of one incident when someone was checking out a house and they saw some boxes of somenone’s ashes  (yes, in a regular box and not even an urn). 

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

We bought a house in Pittsburgh and many of the houses had a “Pittsburgh toilet” (it’s a thing, Wikipedia offical and all) where there is a toilet in the basement without walls, the one we bought actually has one that has three walls with a shower in it as well and the sink outside of it. It’s SO strange. I had never heard of such a thing until house shopping here. 

We also saw a house where there was no dining room. The house was nice and staged well and we honestly didn’t notice until near the end of our walk through when my husband was like “where’s the dining room?”. The house was totally staged but there was no table of any kind! There wasn’t a separate room for it and the house was pretty small, I have no idea where the family ate, I don’t know if it was the real estate agents idea to take out whatever they use but it was so bizarre once we realized it! 

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